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Fishermen term levy of IT ‘arbitrary, coercive’: Fishries

December 10, 2013 ANWAR KHAN Fishries: Coastal fishermen question government on imposing income tax on them whereas the landlords are exempted from IT, this they term as pressing the poor and favouring the rich. In an angry reaction to Federal Board of Revenue's (FBR) move to bring the fishermen of Karachi fish harbour, Ibrahim Hayderi and other coastal areas into income tax net, the seafarers' community called the government's decision "arbitrary and coercive". They justified their…

Excessive fishing: seafood exports decline by $2.861 million in October

December 01, 2013 ANWAR KHAN The year-long excessive fishing caused a big plunge in fish and shrimp catch which is estimated to be about 40 percent lower this year, resulting in seafood export decline by $2.861 million in October this year, exporters said on Saturday. The country''s seafood export stood 8.10 percent lower to $32.449 million in October as compared to the $35.310 million in October last year, Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) said. "Overfishing round the year and…

Quality grounds: Kuwait rejects seafood consignments

November 30, 2013 ANWAR KHAN Kuwait, on Friday rejecting Pakistan''s fresh seafood consignments on quality grounds, becomes the second major Middle Eastern market after Saudi Arabia to reject the country''s marine products, sources said. Earlier, Saudi Arabia rejected the country''s fresh seafood for their "poor" quality some weeks ago, said Chairman Pakistan Fisheries Exporters Association (Pakfea), Faisal Iftikhar. Kuwait followed Saudi Arabia to disqualify the seafood products on…

Investing in Fish Farming in Pakistan

By SOP newswire2 Fish Farming in Pakistan Michell Spoden interviews Umar Farooq Khan, a 22 year old man from Pakistani who is the director of Umar Fishery. Michell: Umar, what made you decide to start your fishery? Umar: We started the fish farming business in 2007 for three purposes. With the increasing trend of population growth and the increasing need to fulfill the need of food for the people we a playing a small part in this big picture. It is said that feeding people is like…

Seafood export falls by $2.314 million

July 23, 2013 ANWAR KHAN Low international prices have pulled down seafood export by $2.314 million during the outgoing fiscal year 2012-13 to $317.612 million, exporters say. Pakistan exported about 10 percent more seafood in terms of quantity in the last fiscal year but at the reduced rates, according to the exporters. The country's export had been $319.926 million during the fiscal year 2011-12, which fell to $317.612 million in the outgoing fiscal year 2012-13 for lack of good…

Investing in Fish Farming in Pakistan

By SOP Michell: Umar, what made you decide to start your fishery? Umar: We started the fish farming business in 2007 for three purposes. With the increasing trend of population growth and the increasing need to fulfill the need of food for the people we a playing a small part in this big picture. It is said that feeding people is like worship and to serve humanity is another big accomplishment. In Pakistan, fish farming business is usually done on small scale without professional…

Fish oil: friend or foe?

Howard LeWine, M.D., Chief Medical Editor News out of Seattle is sure to fuel confusion about fish oil supplements. Take this email I got yesterday from a friend. “Ok, I give up. Should I take them? Throw them away? June 29 — Fish oil may prevent breast cancer. Today (July 11) — Fish oil may increase risk of prostate cancer.” First, the latest news. A study by scientists at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle linked eating a lot of oily fish or taking potent fish oil…

Execution of master plan: Sindh government to release Rs 50 million for Karachi fish harbour’s development

April 02, 2013 ANWAR KHAN Karachi fish harbour is all set to be developed into a modern harbour with improved handling and processing of seafood to meet world standards, as the Sindh government is expected to release the first tranche of Rs 50 million for execution of its master plan execution this week. Sindh Planning and Development Department (P&D) is expected to release Rs 50 million of first tranche to Karachi Fish Harbour Authority to undertake a long-awaited master plan…

Our fisheries and 300,000 live

Monday, 18 March 2013 By Najma Sadeque When fisherfolk heard that private developers had announced an island landgrab, they couldn’t understand why it was happening again, that too under a government they voted for. In 2006, former PM Shaukat Aziz tried to unilaterally bulldoze through a decree for the benefit of Emaar, a Gulf firm, in which he had a vested interest. But massive protests led to the Sindh government having the project stopped. For the last 12 years, the Port Qasim…

Growing extortion: seafood exporters threaten to shut processing plants

January 22, 2013 ANWAR KHAN Seafood exporters plan to seal their processing plants in protest against growing extortionist at the fish harbour as "lawlessness" is forcing them to abandon their businesses, sources said on Monday. "Outlaws are unleashed on exporters who rape Bengali immigrant women, beat up factory workers and rob them of their belongings, while the inactive police contribute to the growing lawlessness," they added. Extortionists enjoy strong political-backing and…

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